Well, I managed to find someone who showed me how to crochet this past weekend, and now I'm off and running! Well, sort of. It's a practice swatch with stash yarns just to see if I can get the hang of it. So far, so good!
I'm using the Easy Ripple Afghan pattern that Molly suggested, and leftover Wool-Ease from ... actually, now that I think of it, it was left over from my first real knitting project, a Zeeby's Bag from SnB. So maybe this yarn has good starting-out karma. :) I crocheted most of this, except the chain to start it out and the first row while watching tonight's episode of "House." I guess, at that speed, it'll be a very slow afghan. :) I ordered some Caron Simply Soft in muted colors to match my navy easy chair -- I love looking at all of your beautiful ripples of many colors, but I decided that restraint was the better part of valor for starting out -- and hopefully it will arrive soon so I can start. In the meantime... maybe I'll make this swatch long enough for a cat blanket, since one of my cats refuses to sleep on my bed unless it's already covered with an afghan. Cats need ripples too!